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WAR is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the . War is a racket, by Smedley D. Butler. Skip to text only view of this item; Skip to search in this text; Skip to book options War is a racket, by Smedley D. Butler. Originally printed in , War Is a Racket is General Smedley Butler's frank In addition to photos from the notorious anti-war book The Horror of It by.

The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.

Now that I see the international war clouds again gathering, as they are today, I must face it and speak out.

War Is a Racket

It pays high dividends. But what does it profit the masses? What does it profit the men who are killed? What does it profit the men who are maimed? What does it profit their mothers and sisters, their wives and their sweethearts? What does it profit their children? What does it profit anyone except the very few to whom war means huge profits? Yes, and what does it profit the nation? Take our own case.

We acquired outside territory. Instead, he immediately turned them in, pointing out that he had sworn a lifelong oath to support and defend the Constitution. One of my heroes. I encourage anyone contemplating military service to read this, to see another side than they've probably been shown - we do need armed forces, so the right thing to do may indeed be to enter or stay in the military. But it should be an informed decision.

View 2 comments. Dec 14, Chris Dietzel rated it it was amazing. This falls under the category of "Must Read. Part of what makes the book so powerful is Butler's history: For me, that gives him credibility that can never be matched by a politician who probably never fought This falls under the category of "Must Read.

For me, that gives him credibility that can never be matched by a politician who probably never fought in a war going on TV and giving reasons for yet another conflict. Read this each time some person on the news states the case for another war and you'll likely see how hollow their words are and how much weight Butler's words carry.

Oct 03, Vannessa Anderson rated it it was amazing Shelves: Impressive quotes: I spent 33 years in the Marines, most of my time being a high-class muscle man for big business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for Capitalism. Front cover. I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street.

The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.

Now that I see the international war clouds again gathering, as they are today, I must face it and speak out. It pays high dividends. But what does it profit the masses? What does it profit the men who are killed? What does it profit the men who are maimed?

What does it profit their mothers and sisters, their wives and their sweethearts? What does it profit their children? What does it profit anyone except the very few to whom war means huge profits? Yes, and what does it profit the nation?

Take our own case. We acquired outside territory. Therefore, on a purely financial bookkeeping basis, we ran a little behind year for year, and that foreign trade might well have been ours without the wars.

It would have been far cheaper not to say safer for the average American who pays the bills to stay out of foreign entanglements. For a very few this racket, like bootlegging and other underworld rackets, brings fancy profits, but the cost of operations is always transferred to the people—who do not profit. No one mentioned to them, as they marched away, that their going and their dying would mean huge war profits.

No one told these American soldiers that bullets made by their own brothers here might shoot them down.

No one told them that the ships on which they were going to cross might be torpedoed by submarines built with United States patents. We must take the profit out of war. We must permit the youth of the land who would bear arms to decide whether or not there should be war. We must limit our military forces to home defense purposes. If your stomach is sensitive to horror, avoid looking at the pictures depicting the horror of war. War Is A Racket is a must read!

Mar 22, Feliks rated it really liked it Shelves: It's an extremely swift read. Strongly felt, and strongly worded, written by a simple, straightforward, outraged American. Justifiably outraged. In a nutshell: The awarding of military contracts--underpins capitalism and has us locked in a vicious cycle which still goes on today Halliburton, KBR, etc.

Butler makes a great point: After the pattern of foreign wars began, our national debt has never receded. Big, powerful companies--ever since the rise of the Rockefellers, Carnegies, and DuPonts--have raped the American economy for short-term profit and left US citizens holding-the-bag.

Not to mention American lives that were lost. President Woodrow Wilson got elected on an anti-war platform. So why did we wind up fighting in WWI? A lot of people today talk of their hatred of socialism, and they label socialism with every epithet and criticism they can think of. Yet there is no economic system with as much blood on its hands as capitalism. We've got no high ground to stand on.

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Aug 06, Jeremy Smith rated it really liked it Recommended to Jeremy by: Several People. Is War a Racket? I have been told 'This was the "war to make America safe from Terrorism. As a soldier I have to agree with almost everything that Gen. Smedley Butler, a two time Medal of Honor winner has to say in this book. He wrote this book over 70 years ago, frustrated at how the US goes to war. I have to Is War a Racket? I have to say that not much has changed, except how the Racket is achieved.

Why is the US still currently in Afghanistan? Why am I, as a soldier on my third deployment to the Middle East? Simply put, Money. Yes, the politicians paint the picture that we are here to ensure that Al Qaeda doesn't come back to power, and so that Afghanistan can become an independent nation.

No, this is not the case, we are still here because there is money to be made. Written in the 's by a highly decorated Marine Corps General this short book is an essay exposing the utter scam that every war that America has been involved in for at least the past years has been. Although it exposes the horrors and damage that war causes both in Butlers essay and with the inclusion of some gruesome photos War is a Racket is not some limp wristed pacifist liberal tripe.

What it is is an essay by a man who connected the dots and realized after many years that he in his Written in the 's by a highly decorated Marine Corps General this short book is an essay exposing the utter scam that every war that America has been involved in for at least the past years has been. What it is is an essay by a man who connected the dots and realized after many years that he in his military sevice was nothing but "a high class muscle man for big business, for wall street and the bankers".

He exposes how these wars are ferminted, who is behind them and who profits from them. He also talks about his own isolationalist political ideas that I can agree with most of his points on.

There is also a introduction written by Adam Parfrey that gives a good basic history of Butler and his life. Butler was a great American that should be admired and honored but sadly few people have a clue as to who he is and what he did. With such an eye catching title and knowledge of the author I had to check out his controversial views.

He had a following, while others considered him to be a loaded firecracker. Smedley Darlington Butler the son of a U. Congressman grew up in Pennsylvania with Quaker roots. He voluntarily chose a career in the Marine Corps quickly rising through the ranks making his mark in history.

One should separate his With such an eye catching title and knowledge of the author I had to check out his controversial views. One should separate his military service from his active retirement. His issue was not with the defense of America, but with engagements on foreign soil. His main theory was: He mentions that the way to avoid war is to take away the profit motive. The peace movement seeking monetary funding is also labeled a racket.

Therefore to some degree Butler is correct and it is healthy to ask questions, big questions however his conclusions seem too absolute. I favor free market capitalism but without checks, balances and consequences graft and corruption can take place. The 21st Century is a global society and as nice as isolation might be, life today is not that simple on plant earth. At times there is more to worry about than a potential racket as true evil also exists.

Most of all I appreciate the selfless dedication of those who defend such freedom. View all 8 comments. Mar 09, Edward Rathke rated it it was amazing. Such a simple and powerful and obvious statement. What's interesting about Smedley is that he's not against war in a general sense. He's against the kind of war that had become common in the early 20th century which is the model for all wars now.

To put it a different way: Smedley dissects WWI in quick and simple ways that are sort of a cost benefit analysis.

Who benefits from war? Who pays the burdens of war? Smedley answers these two ques Such a simple and powerful and obvious statement. Smedley answers these two questions, but also tells you how much the profiteers profited and how much the soldiers paid for the privilege of losing their lives or getting brutalized, both mentally and physically, in the grind of war. Indispensable reading, really.

I'm shocked I had never heard of it till relatively recently. Or, I'm not shocked, because this is exactly the kind of book that powerful people don't want you to read. But still, it's strange to know this book has existed for 80 years and I had never heard of it.

It really is a simple book, and a clear explanation of who benefits and who loses in war. The TL;DR version is: Banks and arms-dealers make big. John Fugelsang. The recitation of figures, combined with the Mad As Hell tone sometimes makes him sound like a drunk accountant railing at his bosses in the bar on Friday night, but it doesn't negate his points in the slightest.

I can imagine that after having his epiphany about the profit-driven motive for WW1, the gathering storm clouds of war in the mids had him going out of his mind at insane history repeating itself. A shortened version sans the famous quote cited http: A shortened version sans the famous quote cited in several other reviews here is at the link above.

It's only 16 printed pages.

You owe it to yourself to read it if you have an interest in WW1 and the cyclical nature of America's foreign military adventures. Aug 13, Gerry rated it liked it Shelves: Smedley D.

Butler, Maj. His actions taken during the First World War were unquestionably brave, and this makes for a mild understatement to the truth. In reflection of the horrors of war the person of notoriety takes a different stance and has a change of heart, is this something that came with age or his Quaker background I cannot say for certa Smedley D.

In reflection of the horrors of war the person of notoriety takes a different stance and has a change of heart, is this something that came with age or his Quaker background I cannot say for certain.

Major General Butler died less than 1 year and 6 months before the attack on the U. Naval docks at Pearl Harbor, the U. Army Schofield Barracks, and U. In this manner I believe he would have had his feelings and beliefs changed back to where they were at the time before he wrote this book through the end of his life - then again maybe not. His speeches and writings in also reflect a further solidification to the isolationist-pacifist he became at the near end of his career and life.

However, there are truths to some of his emotional statements but not enough fact to ensure a complete mindset of turn-around for these statements and personally held beliefs to become warranted in action as he had called for at the time.

Following the Second World War and considering that conscription ended in it was only for a short time — in the U. Isolationism was a product of an era that had long left the station with the attack at Pearl Harbor.

Meanwhile the U. President Eisenhower had also known that Vietnam was on the rise, confirmed later by President Kennedy and greatly increased by President Johnson with the Gulf of Tonkin resolution of General Butler fails miserably in this book.

I use the reference to the farewell speech by President Eisenhower here because there are many parallels but in a less emotional manner to General Butler's opinion. General Butler doesn't consider the fact of the attack of "Black Tom", the sinking of the Lusitania, nor the Zimmerman Telegram - these points are fully ignored.

Times have changed since as they had from to and beyond.

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In conclusion — I did not care for the modern day introduction nor conclusion. The pages within and between that represented this book in was simply off base - time would prove this. The world in the end can thank none other than Sir Winston S.

Churchill for his fortitude of strength and that of the British people who fought this Second World War alone for 2 years before the Russians were forced to enter the war. Operation Barbarossa began one year and one day after the death of General Butler. Three stars is generous in my view but would rather give this book a 2. View all 6 comments.

May 11, Book Wyrm rated it really liked it Shelves: War pays.

The copper industry loves it, the textile industry loves it, and the weapon industry is so obviously enamoured by it that they won't let so small a thing as treason stop them selling guns to the enemy too. The only ones who don't get paid are the soliders, except in pennies, which is immediately leached back off them to pay for their own supplies.

Butler is incredibly sarcastic throughout, but can you really blame him when he tells you all of the above? And, really, nothing's changed. W War pays. We still fetishise our military, create charities for our 'heroes' who die and kill for other's profits, and the companies who lobby to send them away don't give any of the blood money back, unless a charitable donation works nicely for their tax margins. The people invaded bury family and friends and get 'loans' to rebuild their own homes, thus opening up a new foreign market and few extra numbers added to the stock market computers.

Nothing has changed, we've merely digitised and automated much of it, that's all.

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Sep 09, Christopher rated it liked it Shelves: I have to admit, all of the hype I'd encountered before finally getting to this book led me to believe that this would be an articulate and impassioned voice of "right" over "might" from the pen of one the USMC's mightiest warriors. Smedley died before WWII and all of the statistics and numbers he gives in this " I have to admit, all of the hype I'd encountered before finally getting to this book led me to believe that this would be an articulate and impassioned voice of "right" over "might" from the pen of one the USMC's mightiest warriors.

Still, his sentiment is sincere and at the time it was written, there weren't too many men with his credentials able to speak out this way, calling out Wall Street and their bought-and-paid-for politicians; but the value I think of Smedley Butler lies more in what he did for his fellow military men than what he wrote: Smedley Butler and the Bonus Army.

View all 4 comments. Dec 11, John Rachel rated it it was amazing. This powerful, easily read book is as relevant today as the day it was originally published. It takes about an hour to read. Treat yourself to the insights of a man who has seen from the inside the fraud perpetrated on the American public for most of the nation's history, then get angry and do something about it. War is a horror we can do without, especially since it's driven by greed and promoted almost exclusively with lies.

Feb 11, Paul rated it it was amazing.

The pieces that make up this book were first published about 70 years ago. Butler was a highly decorated Marine Brigadier General who was involved in many military expeditions in the early 20th century to countries like Haiti, China and Cuba.

After that, he began to speak out about the real motives behind America's military actions--profit. Just before World War I, the pro The pieces that make up this book were first published about 70 years ago. Then why, when the war came, did that same profit margin skyrocket to hundreds, or even thousands of percent? The author also mentions several cases of companies who sold the US Government totally useless items.

One company sold Uncle Sam 12 dozen inch wrenches. The problem is that there was only one nut large enough for those wrenches; it holds the turbines at Niagara Falls. The wrenches were put on freight cars and sent all around America to try and find a use for them. When the war ended, the wrench maker was about to make some nuts to fit the wrenches.

The parallels with today are too numerous to mention. The next time war is declared, and conscription is on the horizon, Butler proposes a limited national plebiscite on whether or not America should go to war. But the voting should be limited only to those of conscription age, those who will do the actual fighting and dying. Also, one month before anyone is conscripted, all of American business and industry who profits from war should be conscripted, from weapons makers to international banks to uniform makers.

All employees of those companies, from the CEO down to the assembly line worker, should have their salary cut to equal the base pay of the soldier who is fighting, and dying, to improve their bottom line.

Let's see how long the war fever lasts. Also, go to a VA hospital to see the real aftermath of war. This isn't so much an antiwar book as it is an isolationist book.

War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America's Most Decorated Soldier

The separate pieces were published in a time when many Americans felt that getting involved in another European war that had nothing to do with America, was a terrible idea. The author certainly pulls no punches. This book is very highly recommended, especially for those who think that war is a clean videogame where no one really gets hurt.

It gets two strong thumbs up. Major General Butler's main point is spot on; war is predominately a racket arranged by politicians to achieve their own ends while attempting to disguise their war efforts as defending "freedom. He never proves his thesis. The fact that someone turns a profit whether small or large is not a problem at all.

In a free market, the suppliers who better engineer, market, a Major General Butler's main point is spot on; war is predominately a racket arranged by politicians to achieve their own ends while attempting to disguise their war efforts as defending "freedom. In a free market, the suppliers who better engineer, market, and supply their product will always come out ahead of other suppliers.

To insinuate that a provider, earning a positive return on his investment, is guilty of causing a war because he profits from his enterprise is faulty logic at best and most definitely socialistic. What the General would have done better to do would have been to demonstrate that, behind the scenes, the product suppliers were the very people pressuring Woodrow Wilson into the war. Or, better yet, he could have attempted to show that Wilson or members of his cabinet had known they would personally profit from the war.

The second concern with the pamphlet is his answer to contrived war. I also agree that too often wars are created only to line Federal bank accounts at the cost of the human life. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Marine Corps and, at the time of his death, the most decorated Marine in U. Notably, he is one of only 19 people to be twice awarded the Medal of Honor, and one of only three to be awarded a Marine Corps Brevet Medal and a Medal of Honor, and the only person to be awarded a Marine Corps Brevet Medal and a Medal of Honor for two different actions.

In addition to his military career, Smedley Butler was noted for his outspoken anti-interventionist views, and his book War is a Racket. His book was one of the first works describing the workings of the military-industrial complex and after retiring from service, he became a popular speaker at meetings organized by veterans, pacifists and church groups in the s.

In , he informed the United States Congress that a group of wealthy industrialists had plotted a military coup known as the Business Plot to overthrow the government. This audio is read by a SAM-esque automated voice, which takes a bit of getting used to. The vocal stresses are quite jolting. Eye-opening stuff this, really. Apr 24, Alex Burrett rated it it was amazing. But that's not surprising.

Butler's observations would be equally valid during the Roman Empire, the expansion of the British Empire, the conquest of South America by Spain and Portugal War is a racket.

War was a racket during Smedley Butler's time. And war will continue to be a racket for a very long time.If we put them to work making poison gas and more and more fiendish mechanical and explosive instruments of destruction, they will have no time for the constructive job of building greater prosperity for all peoples. America is in the gravest danger of all. But war-time profits -- ah!

It came from the worst enemy a nation could have. Ships with Tracking Number! The only way to smash this racket is to conscript capital and industry and labor before the nations manhood can be conscripted. So too, Mordechai Vanunu. There are others in Europe too whose sabre rattling presages war, sooner or later. They aren't hungry.

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